Frederick George Dawkins

Date of birth: 1890
Place of birth: Southampton
Regiment: Rifle Brigade
Battalion: 1st
Rank / Service No: Rifleman, B/355
Died: 4th May 1917, aged 26 years
Commemorated: Arras Memorial, France


Frederick was the fifth of 6 siblings born to Robert and Mary Edith Dawkins (nee Gaved), who married in Southampton in 1882.

Robert was born in Millbrook in 1854, and he died in Eastleigh in in 1930. Mary was born in Plymouth, in 1857, and she passed away in Portsmouth in 1914.



Emma Maud   b. 1884 Shirley   d. 1944 Southampton   Married Edward John Banks in Southampton in 1908.

Percy John   b. 1886 Freemantle   d. 1945 Southampton   Married Helen Light in Southampton in 1921.

Mary EDITH   b. 1888 Freemantle   d. 1968 Southampton   Married Frederick Bernard Houlgate in Portsmouth in 1910.

Elsie Amelia   b. 1891 Freemantle   d. 1970 Basingstoke

Frederick George

Florence May   b. 1897 Freemantle   d. 1988 Droxford   Married William A. Houlgate in Southampton in 1917.


The 1st Rifles were at Colchester as part of the 11th Brigade in the 4th Division when war broke out.

The division was kept back from the original British Expeditionary Force, to defend England against a possible German invasion.

The fate of the B.E.F meant this decision was reversed and the division landed at Le Havre on 23 August, in time to provide infantry reinforcements at the Battle of Le Cateau.

The battalion took part in the Christmas Truce of December 1914.


Frederick perished during the Arras offensive of April – May 1917, and the Memorial commemorates the almost 35,000 Commonwealth servicemen who died in the Arras sector between Spring 1916 and 7th August 1918, and have no known grave.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 6th July 2016


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